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I have a few questions about running Disc Cleanup in Windows XP. According to Disc Cleanup, I can free up to 3,434 KB of disk space on my C Drive by deleting the following:

Downloaded Program Files: 0KB

Temporary Internet Files: 1KB

Offline Webpages: 2KB

Old Chkdsk files: 31KB

Recycle Bin: 1KB

Temporary Files: 0KB

WebClient/Publisher Temporary Files: 3,384KB

Compress Old Files: 18KB

Catalog files for the Content Indexer: 0KB

Is it safe to delete all of these files? I presume it is, but I'm a computer novice so I thought I'd ask before deleting these files. Even a beginner like me knows it's safe to delete Temporary Internet Files and empty the Recycle Bin, but what about Offline Webpages, old Chkdsk files, and WebClient/Publisher Temporary Files? Are those safe to delete? And should I compress old files?

Finally, how often should I run Disc Cleanup?

Thanks in advance!

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You most likely need a Cleaner like CCleaner to run most days also -

To begin; (Thanks to mountaintree16 for this information) -

Download CCleaner from here to clean temp files from your computer.

Double click on the ccsetup file to start the installation of the program.

Select your language and click OK, then click Next.

Read the license agreement and click I Agree.

Click Next to use the default install location. Click Install then click Finish to complete installation.

Double click the CCleaner shortcut on the desktop to start the program.

On the "Windows" tab, under "Internet Explorer," uncheck "Cookies" if you do not want them deleted.

(If deleted, you will likely need to reenter your passwords at all sites where a cookie is used to recognize you when you visit).

If you use either the Firefox or Mozilla browsers, the box to uncheck for "Cookies" is on the Applications tab, under Firefox/Mozilla.

Click on the "Options" icon at the left side of the window, then click on "Advanced."

deselect "Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 24 hours."

Click on the "Cleaner" icon on the left side of the window, then click Run Cleaner to run the program.

Caution: It is not recommended that you use the "Registry" feature unless you are very familiar with the registry as it has been known to find legitimate items for removal,

which can cause issues with other programs.

After CCleaner has completed its process, click Exit.

Additionally, BEFORE running CCleaner for the first time, check the Windows portion (first tab) to uncheck anything you do not wish to have cleared.

For example, you may not wish to have your Recycle Bin cleared.

Then, click on the "Applications" tab and uncheck anything you may not want cleared there as well

I don't think that Avira does but make sure first if you don't' want scan etc... records cleared.

Basically anything else in that tab is probably okay to clear, but again, please check it to make sure there is no other program you don't

want logs wiped from (in case you want to reference anything in the future, in that case you wouldn't want them wiped).

Thank You - :P

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I would not use CCleaner's Wipe Free Space as it can cause probems.

One problem reported on the Forum:

CCleaner and SSD Wipe Free Space Erases Firmware


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